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Old 07-09-2009, 05:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Orinoco or Basjoo?

Dear friends

in the course of time I got several plants from people who grew them around me. These plants where grown on the coast or valley or foothills and thus the mother plants of course bore fruit. Because of this when I got the pups I was sure they were edible bananas, namely plants of our local Musa variety.

However, on two occasions I received a plant from people growing them in towns at very high altitude on the mountain (not excessive min temps though). In this case the mother plants did not bear fruit, but I assumed it was because the locations were not warm enough, and not because the plants were a non-edible variety. In fact in my area is quite difficult to find banana plants which are not our local edible variety. In any case, I planted these two pups also, which I received from 2 different persons, but both in high mountain locations.

Now these plants are growing, the doubt is arising that they could not be edible types. Indeed at least one of them seems very much a basjoo (2nd plant). Please consider that our local variety is almost identical to the Orinoco, so in helping me identifying these plants you basically have to choose if they seem more a basjoo or a orinoco. Thanks in advance

This is the one which seems less a basjoo
Banano a Gennaio!

This is the one which seems more a basjoo:
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